Collaboration gives the university's courses a link to the future job market, increases the relevance of its research and facilitates wide utilisation of knowledge to the benefit of the development of our present and future society.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for External Relations and Innovation, it is Prof. Värbrand's task to strengthen Linköping University's strategies and develop new initiatives for collaboration – what he refers to as strategic collaboration. To help him, Prof. Värbrand has the university's Council for Collaboration, the Director of Collaboration and a network of senior collaboration coordinators at department and faculty level – in addition to well-developed business support in the form of LiU Holding. Prof. Värbrand's team also participates in national development projects together with other universities to standardise teaching within the field. In his role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he is also chairman of the board of LiU Holding AB and chairman of the university's Council for Internationalisation.